The last bangers are exploding. The crackle of fireworks is dissipating into the darkness. We head inside braced in the knowledge that the commercial world is gearing up to unleash the full force of their festive advertising upon us.
We are promised that on spending our hard earned money on particular brands of clothing/food/wine/gifts we will reach nirvana, that unparalleled place: the best Christmas ever.
Now I'm as Christmassy as the next person but the thought of all that rampant consumerism, of all the plastic and rubbish destined for landfill and the pressure to have the-best-time-of-my-whole-life-and-that-of-my-friends-and-family-ever and is giving me the shivers.
So as the Oxford Street lights power up and John Lewis release their Christmas advert (since when was that a thing?) I’d like to offer a distraction from it all and provide an RSA style antidote our the impending future...
Six things you can discover this November:
Provocation. Listen to Dr Debra Kidd, a teacher, arguing that education has become fixated on conformity and compliance at the expense of creativity. Or consider whether you’d like to have greater control over the built environment around you ,with architect Sarah Wigglesworth who explores the cultural challenges that architecture can and should be addressing.
Fellowship. Not a Fellow? Want to find out about joining this most excellent group of people? You can nominate yourself. It this one also costs but weigh it up and perhaps give it a try if you think it fits. Each region has a Fellowship Manager organising events, connecting you to other like-minded people inspiring each other. It's good.
A new outlook. Want to see what a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture looks like? This RSA Animate from Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft asks how can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? It is for most of us, where we spend a good portion of our lives (and you get wonder what a ‘Chief Envisioning Officer’ does.)
So relax, there’s plenty of time for saccharin soaked spending and sprouts yet.